What happened? The August/September 2022 issue of AARP’s “The Magazine” is packed with rich insights and provocative suggestions.

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with this magazine and, to some extent, with the entire AARP organization. This is definitely changing.

It occurs to me that this post has been this good for a while and I haven’t paid enough attention to it. I am now.

The current issue is engaging and readable with well-researched information that seeks to stretch the reader, inspire and educate. Illustratively, topics range from “five ‘healthy’ routines – which, when pursued to excess, could age your body prematurely” to “practical tips for making the bad things in life less likely to happen (and good things much more likely).” You know what I mean?

Before I reflect further on these topics, allow me to introduce the current editor of the publication: Robert Love. I don’t know him, never heard of him, actually, so I was curious. I googled it.

He looks quite young, wears glasses and smiles in almost every photo. He has a long history with Rolling Stone magazine (there is also an article on Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner in this issue).

Bob Love comes across as approachable (I feel like I sort of know him now, so I’ll get to know him a bit more) is identified as a leader who supports staff, a team player with a journalistic ethos that focuses on the attempt to fully understand its readers and “accompany their life journey”. He’s been an adjunct professor at Columbia University and an AARP editor since 2013. I conclude, based on the last two issues, that he’s getting better and better at his job.

This magazine has always come to me reliably, but I often put it in a basket near my most comfortable chair, the one containing publications I intend to take a closer look at – but rarely do. . Not anymore.

AARP’s article on “Good Habits That Could Be Harming You” acknowledges that many seniors wear supportive shoes, but strongly recommends taking them off and walking around the house barefoot for 30 minutes a day in order to improve balance and posture. The same article suggests energy bars are “hidden sugar links” and says dehydration can be deadly with the statement: “So if you drink when you’re thirsty, when you’re thirsty, it can be too much. late”.

The article on making “bad things less likely to happen” is full of similar ideas. It reminds us of the greatly increased likelihood of experiencing a fall with injury as we age, and offers often undiscussed ways to prevent this from happening. Suggestions include paying more attention to the effects of sleeping pills, antihistamines and antidepressants, as well as recognizing the role of vision and hearing modification. “Even mild hearing loss can increase your risk of falling.”

Good information in mini articles. Longer articles are as good or better.

My daughter turned 50 last month and received her first copy of “The Magazine”. I’m glad it’s this particular problem.

I asked her about it and she said, “They got me at the Rolling Stone track.”

Sharon Johnson is a retired associate professor emeritus at Oregon State University. Contact her at [email protected]